Dogs Have a Nose for Pirates

Lucky and Flo are a trained to sniff out illegal DVDs
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2007 7:05 PM CDT
Two black Labrador dogs, Lucky and Flo, sit next to the shipment boxes containing pirated DVDs after a demonstration at the main air cargo complex in Sepang, Malaysia, in this March 13, 2007, file photo.The...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The NYPD's two cutest agents busted what cops say was a counterfeit DVD operation this week, heralding a new era in anti-piracy enforcement. Lucky and Flo, two black Labs trained to sniff out chemicals in DVDs, are just back from Malaysia, where they led authorities to 26 arrests on 35 raids. The canine cops have been called "very talented crime fighters," Wired reports.

"Man's best friend has become a DVD counterfeiter's worst nightmare," the Queens County DA announced. The dogs hit the ground sniffing on the Wednesday raid in Jamaica, Queens, leading the police to three arrests and a motherload of burned discs. (Read more DVD piracy stories.)